The Jefferson City Firefighters Pipes and Drums, four-members strong, were recognized at City Hall earlier this month as the city's Outstanding Employee Service Award winner for January.
"This recognition is not only for the specific examples as noted but also in recognition of all the service these firefighters and all Jefferson City firefighters provide to the citizens on an ongoing basis," city Administrator Steve Crowell said, noting a nomination was received to honor the group in its entirety.
"The purpose of the Jefferson City Firefighters Pipes and Drums is to carry forth the historic and time-honored traditions of the fire service by providing the highest-quality dress, decorum and music at dedications, memorials, funerals, celebrations, parades and other fire service-related functions, and to educate the community of the importance of ceremonial presentations and protocols with the goal of supporting the efforts of the Jefferson City Fire Department," Crowell said.
The band was formed in March 2014 by three members of the Jefferson City Fire Department. Members participate on a voluntary basis. The band participates in various events, such as Relay for Life, the Salute to America parade, the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the St. Patrick's Day parade.
JCFD Pipes and Drums members honored include:
Mike Schultz, pipe major. Schultz has been with JCFD for 18 years and currently serves as the captain on Squad 5. He has been playing the bagpipes since 2000 and has performed at many events, including the first anniversary of Sept. 11 at the Missouri Capitol and in nearly 10 firefighter line-of-duty deaths.
Ryan Back, drum major. Back has been with JCFD for six years and currently serves as the driver of Ladder 3. He has been playing the snare drum since 2014.
Evan Jennings, piper. Jennings has served with JCFD for three years and currently serves as the firefighter on Squad 2. He has been playing the bagpipes since 2016.
James Noah, bass drum. Noah has been with JCFD for just over a year and currently serves as the firefighter on Engine 4. He has just begun his sting with the band as the bass drummer.